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The Property Maintenance Division ensures that properties comply with site and building maintenance standards. It addresses issues with long grass/weeds, debris, graffiti, vacant buildings, and building conditions.

EMPLOYEETITLEEMAILDESK #
Rich Schroeder Deputy Director 653-4034
Richard Kath Property Maintenance Inspector 653-4414
Doug Kroening Property Maintenance Inspector 653-4274
Robert Newhouse Property Maintenance Inspector 653-4273
Mark Sanchez Property Maintenance Inspector 653-4272
Martha Swartz Senior Housing Inspector 653-4253
       
Jillian Urban Office Associate 653-4259

Board of Housing Appeals

Property owners/occupants who have received a notice of violation and order which has been issued in an enforcement action from Chapter 16 may appeal the order. The appeal must be filed in the office of the Department of Community Development and Inspections in writing on the Board of Housing Appeals Form within twenty (20) calendar days after the day the notice of violation and order was posted. Included with the Appeals Form shall be an appeal fee of twenty-five ($25) Dollars. Upon receipt of the appeal payment, the Board of Housing Appeals shall set a time and place for such hearing and shall give the petitioner written notice of the date and time. At the hearing, the petitioner shall be given an opportunity to be heard and to show why such notice and order should be modified or withdrawn. The Board may reverse or affirm in its entirety or in part or modify any order, requirement, decision, or determination or provide relief. Any person aggrieved by the decision of the Board of Housing Appeals may seek relief in any court of competent jurisdiction, as provided by the laws of Wisconsin.

Reinspection Fee, Board-Up and Vision Clearance Invoice Appeals

Property owners who have received an invoice for reinspection fees, board-ups and vision clearance fees may file an appeal of the charges. The appeal must be filed in the Office of the Department of Community Development and Inspections in writing on a prior to the due date on the invoice. The petitioner shall be given written notice of the date and time that the appeal will be heard by the City of Kenosha Finance Committee and by the City of Kenosha Common Council. Before filing an appeal, please contact our office with any questions.

If the owner or occupant is issued an order and fails to comply, the City of Kenosha may take one or all of the following enforcement actions:

Reinspection Fees

To compensate the City for inspection and administrative costs related to the enforcement of Chapter 16, an escalating fee may be charged for any reinspection following the initial inspection which resulted in an order for corrective action and subsequent reinspections resulting in noncompliance with an order. Reinspection fees may be charged for any of the following:

  • Any recurrence of the same or similar violation in a twelve month period
  • The fourth occurrence of a code violation at a property in a twelve month period
  • Any reinspection that determines the required repairs have not been made

The amount of the reinspection fee will escalate with each reinspection that shows non-compliance. This fee, if not paid within thirty (30) days of billing, will be processed as a special charge against the property inspected and added to the real estate tax bill. There will also be a $100.00 administrative fee added to every reinspection fee and processed as a special charge.

Municipal Citations

The owner may be issued a municipal citation for every violation that remains in non-compliance after the stated compliance date. Every day each violation is in non-compliance may be a separate violation.

Summons and Complaint

The owner may be served with a summons and complaint for every violation that remains in noncompliance after the stated compliance date. Every day each violation is in noncompliance may be a separate violation.

Rent Withholding

Rent Withholding is a program which allows tenants to pay their monthly rent directly to the City of Kenosha if their landlord has failed to make code-required repairs ordered by the City. The City holds the rent in an escrow account until the landlord has completed all the repairs to the City's satisfaction. Once the repairs are completed, the tenant is notified to resume paying their rent to the landlord and the escrow funds, less expenses, are returned to the landlord.

Tenants may apply for participation in the program under the following conditions:

  • The tenant is current on the rent
  • The tenant has not been served with a 5-day or 14-day notice to vacate the unit
  • The landlord failed to make the required repairs
  • The repairs are not exterior repairs during the winter months
  • The tenant or a guest did not cause the damage(s)

Applications for the rent withholding program are available at the Department of Community Development and Inspections, Room 100 of the Municipal Building, 625 52nd Street.

Razes of Dilapidated or Abandoned Privately Owned Buildings

Buildings that have fallen into serious disrepair or have been abandoned may be reviewed for eligibility for the raze process. Eligibility for razing is based on State of Wisconsin Statute 66.0413, which states that the cost to repair the structure must exceed fifty percent (50%) of the assessed value of the structure. Please contact our department if you have a question or concern about a specific building in the City of Kenosha.